The society is run by volunteers who are members of either the Main Committee or the Programme Sub-Committee (PSC).

  • Main Committee – Manages the running of the society. At least one member of the main committee is a member of the PSC.
  • Programme Sub-Committee (PSC) – Select the films for the new programme, write the screening notes, and delivers the introduction prior to a screening.

We would welcome more help so if you are interested, please talk to one of us.

Main and PSC Committee Members

Anthony Pickavance

Founder Chairman

Anthony Pickavance

Dieter Shaw

Chairman, Progamme Licences, Sourcing Films & PSC Member

  • Best song:Born Free’ by John Barrie and Don Black 1968 Best Song Oscar winner. A spot-on stunner that lifts and defines this film.
  • Favourite use of imagery in film:  ‘The Long Day Closes’ Director Terence Davies 1992. A uniquely honest film with long, languid tracking shots and fluid, dreamlike creation of the central character’s childhood. The excellent lighting also needs a mention.
  • Best casting: Audrey Hepburn ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. 1961. Blake Edwards (Director) and Henry Mancini (Music). I simply can’t think of any other actress for this role which Miss Hepburn made her own.

Dieter Shaw

Patrick Dunster

Treasurer & PSC Member

  • Favourite use of imagery in film: the use of water in Fatal Attraction
  • Best casting: Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
  • Most moving film scene: The end of Manon des Sources

Patrick Dunster

Michele Gasper

Secretary & Membership Secretary

Three things I like about the society:

  • I like different cultural activities which are thought provoking and entertaining
  • I have always enjoyed cinema and film as well as theatre and music.
  • The BFS offers such a great variety of films and I love supporting a local group like this.

Angus Laidlaw

PSC Chairman

I have always been interested in the cinema and still think it is the best medium of entertainment.

My wife and I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and facilities provided by the NFTS and the pleasant and friendly people who we’ve met since joining.

Angus Laidlaw

Amy Thomas

Front of House Manager

  • Favourite film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – I laughed and cried and felt everything in between.
  • Best soundtrack: It’s a toss up between Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I still regularly listen to both.
  • Favourite actor: I’m sure I’m not alone in saying Tom Hanks; Forrest Gump and Woody were both a big part of my childhood and his films in later life never disappoint either!

Amy Thomas

Roselle Beard

Website, Marketting, Communication & PSC Member

Heather Thomas

PSC Member

  • Favourite use of imagery in film: Death in Venice (1971); The Painted Veil (2006). Love of Westerns – big skies, wildness and dust.
  • Best casting: Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • Best music: The Godfather (1972)

Heather Thomas

Michael Hammett

PSC Member

  • Favourite use of imagery in film: The evocation of post WW2 Vienna in Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949)The sound track music is perfect too.
  • Most moving film scene: Timothy Spall’s hopeless despair in Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies (1996)
  • Favourite dance routine:  Gene Kelly’s famous solo in Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Michael Hammett

David Pestell

PSC Member

  • A film enthusiast who enjoys watching anything from the latest blockbusters to Japanese anime.
  • Interested in helping choose the next programme

David Pestell